ABB has announced that it has won orders worth around $100m from Rio Tinto for 17 distribution substations to support increased production at iron ore mines in Australia.

The upgrades and installation of new power infrastructure will raise the voltage level of the existing distribution substations and increase the power supply to support the expansion of existing iron ore mines in the Pilbara region.

“Our proven substation capabilities and leading-edge technologies will help Rio Tinto meet the need for increased electricity and support efficiency at their expanding operations,” said Brice Koch, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “These solutions will also help reinforce the reliability of the grid and ensure the supply of high quality power.”

The projects are scheduled for completion by 2013 and form part of the customer’s multi-stage Electrical Infrastructure Replacement (EIR) project.

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